The Top Christmas Days Out in the UK

Santa at warwick castle
December 4, 2014

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(updated November 24th 2015)

Days out in the UK get even more fun around the festive season, with all kinds of shows, celebrations and extra-special events going on!

These are some of our top picks for the best Christmassy events at attractions around the UK:

Ice-Skating at the London Eye

London / until 3rd January 2015Eyeskate at the London Eye

Bundle up warm for some open-air ice-skating at “Eyeskate”, the London Eye’s very own ice-skating rink!

With sparkling Christmas lights, frost in the air and the iconic London Eye in the background, it’s a real winter wonderland in the heart of the bustling city.
Find out more about Eyeskate

A Sparkling Christmas at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Edinburgh / 5th Dec 2015 – 5th Jan 2016Palace of Holyroodhouse at Christmas

Huge Christmas trees, festive wreaths and garlands, and over 20,000 twinkling lights set the scene for a Royally magical Christmas at Her Majesty The Queen’s Scottish residence!

Perfect for a winter’s day out, the Palace will be at its most spectacular and visitors will even be able to explore the Palace gardens, which will be open throughout the festive period as part of the Christmas celebrations.

Find out more about the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Kim & Kanye’s ‘Kristmas’ Wishes at Madame Tussauds London

Lonodn / 1st Dec 2015 – 1st Jan 2016Kim & Kanye at Madame Tussauds London
Don’t miss the chance to make your friends UBER-jealous this year, when you send them a limited-edition ‘Kristmas Kard’ featuring Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and YOU as their new celebrity friend!

Kim’s high-tech Madame Tussauds figure actually takes selfies on her mobile phone, so you can take a photo with the couple, that will be turned into a personalised Christmas Card. Merry Kristmas!

Find out more about Madame Tussauds

Christmas at Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens at Christmas

Image: Jeff Eden, RBG Kew

London / Evenings from 25th Nov 2015 – 2nd Jan 2016

As twilight falls, Kew Gardens lights up with festive sparkle, and this year’s winter trail is packed with magical moments to enjoy with your friends and family!

The sparkling path winds its way through the world-famous botanic gardens in a magical after-dark experience filled with lights, festivities and food, plus vintage fairground rides and plenty of photo opportunities.

Right now you can save over 15% when you book Kew Christmas tickets in advance!

Find out more about Kew at Christmas

A Very Chocolatey Christmas at Cadbury World

Birmingham / Every weekend up until Christmas

Christmas at Cadbury World

See Santa in his brand new show at Cadbury World. Packed full of festive fun and music the whole family can enjoy, Santa and his elves have a special gift for every child who visits!

It’s Christmas Panto Time!

Every Saturday and Sunday up til Christmas, Cadbury World are putting on their own pantomime “Sleeping Beauty and the Chuckle Bean Fairy”, based on the much-loved children’s tale but with a unique chocolatey twist!

Extra Christmassy Treats:

  • Enjoy yummy yuletide treats in the Cadbury Café
  • Buy limited-edition Christmas chocolates at the World’s Biggest Cadbury Shop
  • See the ultimate Christmas-themed creation made entirely from chocolate!

Find out more about visiting Cadbury World at Christmas

Stories with Santa at Warwick Castle

Warwick / 28th Nov – 24th Dec 2015 (Meet Santa at weekends & in the few days before Christmas)Santa at warwick castle

Christmas is one of the best times to visit Warwick Castle, if only to see its famous, ginormous 25ft-tall Christmas tree!

Meeting Santa is obviously top of the agenda for little ones, so kids can sneak off for a special festive storytime with the man himself in the warmth of the State Rooms. Mrs. Claus will also be there from 19th-23rd of December!
Find out more about Christmas at Warwick Castle

Shrek’s Adventure London

London / 1st Dec 2015 – 3rd Jan 2016
Shrek's Adventure at Christmas

Christmas comes to the land of Far Far Away this December! Shrek’s Adventure London is a perfect alternative to the usual family Christmas Panto, with laughs and jokes aplenty and even a chance to take a starring role in the action!

Find out more about Shrek’s Adventure London

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Farrah Hedwat

Farrah is AttractionTix’s resident Copywriter. A city girl at heart, her best-loved travel moments are exploring new cities across the world like Barcelona or Los Angeles. Farrah’s favourite things are eating, sleeping, shopping and animals (but mostly animals). Her pet hates are bad grammar and other writing-based “offences”.